Australia fever: Dos and don'ts to achieve Australian dream

May 16, 2018

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Australia has undeniably become the first preferred study destination for the Nepalese students. The record at Department of Education and Training shows that 26,614 Nepalese students have enrolled in 2017, becoming the third largest numbers of international students. The enrollment has grown by sixty percent between 2016 to 2017.

It has been nearly seven years I have been counseling students, their parents, meeting people from colleges. I have assisted hundreds of students to reach their dreamland, Australia.

As soon as students, not all but many, complete their School Leaving Certificate (SLC), they start dreaming of doing further study in Australia. I have met some parents who were intact with me since completion of SLC of their children, taking my advice, following each and every advice strictly and ultimately they have sent their children to Australia.

It is good to observe parents taking more attention in their children's further study. In the contrary of this, some parents are not aware where their children are processing, they even do not pay attention because they are busy in their own business. At the end, some get through to visa and some don’t. In such cases, parents show up to enquire. But, its already too late in such situations.

If your children decided for abroad study, I request the parents to take all the detail information, go to the proper consultancy to talk and consult, guide further to the children rather than showing up in the end to blame the consultancy.

If your children decided for abroad study, I request the parents to take all the detail information, go to the proper consultancy to talk and consult, guide further to the children rather than showing up in the end to blame the consultancy.

Some parents believe that as soon as their children reach to Australia, they start making money. Yes, Australia is a place of opportunity, but it does not mean money is that easy to make. Students need to have some qualification, experience and certain age.

Let's say, students who go for Bachelor's degree are about 19 to 20 years of age, they normally do not work in Nepal, they even do not feel necessary to take any training and parents also do not realize the need of some experience and training but the both parties have high expectation. As soon as they reach Australia, they instantly find difference between the reality and the expectation, they start panicking, again start blaming consultancy. I have seen lots of students getting job within a week of their arrival in Australia because they had work experience back home, they have done few courses and training before leaving the country.


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I have also seen students looking for job for months because they are completely fresh with no work experience and trainings. Willingness and readiness work a lot whether to get a job or not.

Students should always expect to get odd time job, they should show willingness to grab it and they should be ready to do it. It is a very serious issue that parents and students need to clearly understand, to get job they need to have certain training, qualification and experience otherwise they should be ready to do causal jobs such as cleaning, pizza delivery job, waiter/waitress though these jobs need some skills.

It is our responsibility to let them know the real scenario and advice for the training but parents and students feel happy to listen only good things and they become happy with the exaggeration.

It is our responsibility to let them know the real scenario and advice for the training but parents and students feel happy to listen only good things and they become happy with the exaggeration.

In a way, some consultancies are to blame because a good number of consultancies mislead students with wrong information about job and settlement Australia, parents and student easily trust them and they find upside down in the real world.

We are playing vital roles in the career of students so we should maintain the ethics and make this field prestigious. This is the reason sometimes we are treated as a broker of a man power which is a bitter truth and must eradicate it from the market. I always feel proud of my work because I am bridging in the career of the children. I always deal with the educated people and the educational institutions.

Students and parents have misconception that if they choose expensive universities, visa probability is high, I want to defy this. Australian High Commission grants or refuses visa on the basis of students' academic, English (IELTS), SOP and financial capability. I have many students just paying 6000 Australia dollar a year having their academic and IELTS comparatively higher. Writing SOP has become a tough part to the students, they want consultancy do to this for them. When we force students to do themselves, they simply copy and paste.

However, we have met some really serious students who seriously work on SOP. I always emphasis students to do by themselves because in the end they are to face interview, they are to face decision of AHC. What we can do is, we simply can guide them, advice them to add or remove some topic from it and prepare them for the interview.

It is always good to get Education from the developed country like Australia but students and parents have to make them ready for it. Parents should encourage students to study hard so they might be eligible for scholarship. Students should always focus on their study and other required training.

They should not only imagine good things, they should be prepared to face the challenges they are to face. Life is not just a bed of roses, it is always unpredictable so to make unpleasant situation to pleasant one students always should study hard, do research as much as possible, take part in seminars and fairs then make a plan, make a strategy and follow it then success is easy to get otherwise many students get frustrated because they just have imagined live of Australia, they did not realize to prepare them for it.

Once students decide to go to Australia they should

• Focus on study and try to get good grade

• Learn skills such as: driving, swimming

• Take training such as: Barista, Waiter/Waitress, hair dresser,

• Take part in daily house hold chores because students will have to cook, clean, wash, go to college, go to job

• Take part in Seminar and Fairs as much as possible

• Involve yourself in some internship to get experience

Students having high academic performance, good IELTS and good finance are high potential to get visa either it is a private college where fees are less or the University.

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